¥here are many coins through the table routines in existence. There are not so many that can be done standing. There are even fewer that don't require sleeving or topiting. And I have never seen one that is performed standing, without topiting or sleeving, where the coins are picked up one at a time and passed through the table. (Curtis Kam, in Harry Lorayne's Best of Friends II, has a routine called "Lonely Coins Through Table" in which the coins are passed through individually, but it makes extensive use of lapping.) This is, after all, the way you would do it if you could really make the coins go through the table—you wouldn't pick up several in one hand, and take the ones that had already gone through back under the table again. Those actions are part of the procedure for the method, not the effect.
The following routine adheres to the one-at-a-time effect conditions and is performed standing, without topiting or sleeving. If you leave out the repeat, no extra coins are needed (although I always do the repeat). This routine lends itself very nicely to restaurant and table-hopping work.
Effect: Three coins are set on the table; a Mexican twenty-centavo, an English Penny and a US Eisenhower dollar. You take the Mexican coin in one hand and the other hand goes under the table. The hand with the coin presses against the table. It is lifted to show the coin is gone. The other hand comes out from under the table with the coin. This is repeated with each of the other coins.
You offer to do it again. This time all three coins are taken at your right fingertips. The audience can see part of the dollar coin protruding past the ends of your fingers. You display your empty left hand before placing it under the table. The spectators hear a "clink," after which the left hand comes up with the Mexican coin. This coin is left on the table in full view as the left hand goes under the surface again. Another clink is heard, and the left hand returns with the British coin. This is tabled next to the Mexican coin. Finally, the dollar (which has been partially exposed the whole time) disappears from under the right hand. The left hand comes back up to the table with the dollar, tossing it next to the first two coins. Both hands are empty and your sleeves are rolled up!
Requirements and preparation: To do the full routine as described above, you will need two of each of the coins. You'll also need some blue-tac or similar putty-type adhesive, a safety pin, a foot or so of black elastic string and a Jamary Coin Clip (described by Gary Ouellet in Close Up Illusions). This clip is easy to make—you simply put a small "L" bracket (available at any hardware store) into a vice and bend it up such that in snugly holds the three coins (photo 1). Tie one end of the elastic to the loop of the safety pin and the other end around the clip. Attach the safety pin to the seam of your shirt behind your left shoulder. Slip the clip over the belt loop near your right front pants pocket (photo 2). I've used a rubber band chain and am not wearing a coat to make it easier for you to see in the photos. In performance, use thin elastic and wear a jacket!
Put a small amount of blue-tac on the tail side of one of each of the pairs of coins. Stick the centavo to the penny and the penny to the dollar. Place this stack in your left pants pocket. Place the other three coins in a pocket on your right side.
Method and performance: As you make your introductory remarks, reach into both pockets. Finger palm the adhered stack, dollar side out (photo 3) with your left hand as your right hand gathers the other three coins. Remove the right hand, and as it spills the coins onto the table, remove your left hand.
Use the left hand to pick up the dollar coin as the right picks up the other two. Comment on the nationalities of the coins and their obvious size difference. Set the dollar down at your far left and move your left hand under the table as you explain what you are about to attempt. As the right hand knocks its coins against the tabletop, stick the stack to the underside of the table (photo 4). Bring your left hand back into view, allowing it to be seen empty as you take the penny from the right hand and place it next to the dollar.
Apparently throw the Mexican coin into your left hand, actually executing the toss vanish (see notes following this explanation). Immediately move your right hand under the table and your left fist forward about a foot, holding it about two inches above the table-top (photo 5).
Bring the left hand down on the table, flattening it as you pretend to push down on the coin. Wait a beat before clicking the coin in the right hand against the bottom of the table. Lift the left hand, turning it palm up, and bring the centavo in the right hand into view (photo 6). Place this coin to your outer right.
Pick up the penny in your left hand, which closes into a fist around the coin, working it into heel clip (photo 7). Openly display both sides of your empty right hand before placing it under the table.
When your right upper arm contacts the edge of the table, move the
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